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2017 Out and About

August

11th - 12th Shrewsbury Flower Show - https://shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk

17th - 20th Southport Flower Show - www.southportflowershow.co.uk

September

31st August - 3rd September Burghley Horse Trails - www.burghley-horse.co.uk

29th - 30th Harrogate Gift & Fashion Fair - http://www.ukgrandsales.co.uk

October

12th - 15th Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester  - www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk

19th - 22nd Christmas Gift & Fashion Fair Cheltenham - http://www.ukgrandsales.co.uk

26th - 29th Handmade Edinburgh - http://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/shows/edinburgh

30th - Marie Curie Charity Event - Derby - www.charityfairsassociation.co.uk

November

9th - British Red Cross Christmas Fair - Shrewsbury - www.charityfairsassociation.co.uk

TBC -  At Home with friends

28th - 30th Angel Fair - Peterborough - www.charityfairsassociation.co.uk

December

9th - 10th Shrewsbury Winter Fair - www.shrewsburychristmas.co.uk

 

Shows for 2015

My diary for 2015 is filling up fast and I thought you would like to know where I shall be, so........

April

Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Sunday 27th April 2014 at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys Opening times: 10am-5pm Entrance fee: £3 on door.

Over 40 artists, designers and makers will be selling a range of beautiful high quality work including ceramics, jewellery, glass, interior textiles and fashion accessories, wood, print-making etc.

To know more follow the link Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Facebook: Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Twitter: @GNCCF

Tumblr: lnccf

 May

Simply Cheshire Fair

Annakin is exhibiting at the  fabulous new Spring shopping fair, Simply Cheshire is taking place on Friday May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd 2015 at the magnificent Arley Hall and Gardens near Northwich.

Simply Cheshire will be showcasing Cheshire’s most talented, independent designers, artists and producers who are either from or whose business is based within the County.  Each of the 80 or so exhibitors, including me, Annakin Silver,  have been handpicked and selected not only because of their Cheshire connection but because they produce or sell something totally original and absolutely gorgeous.

To find out more follow the link Simply Cheshire

Facebook : Simply Cheshire.

Twitter : @simplycheshire                

Instagram: simplycheshire

 

Manchester Fashion Week

A new event for Manchester at The Place Aparthotel, Manchester M1 every evening from 5.00pm 26th May to 28th May

From the award winning team behind The Childsplay Clothing Liverpool Fashion Week, bring you the long anticipated Childsplay Clothing Manchester Fashion Week.  Annakin Silver is involved in the thisladyloves exhibition.

for more information follow the link  Manchester Fashion Week

Twitter : @manchesterfw

June

An arts trail set in an AONB on the Cumbrian coast, Silverdale and Arnside host this prestigious event showcasing 80 artists in 32 venues. 

Friday 26th June 1pm – 8pm
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 10:30am – 5:30pm

I shall be in Venue 10, Silverdale Hotel, LA5 0TP and for further information please follow the link

Silverdale Arts Trail  come and have a lovely day out, have a great walk while shopping for beautiful jewellery...... need any more convincing?

Facebook: Silverdale Arts Trail

Twitter: @SAAC_Trail

 July

CLA Game Fair -  Harewood House 31st July - 2nd August

Set in the stunning landscape of Yorkshire, join the celebration of the great British countryside and with the help of Rural Crafts I shall be exhibiting and showcasing some new collections including the  -  Leaf Circlet.

Facebook: CLA Game Fair

Twitter: @TheGameFair

August

Shrewsbury Flower Show - 14th & 15th August

A lovely family day out and a show I just love and that's not just because it is local!  To find out more follow the link Shrewsbury Flower Show

Facebook: Shrewsbury Flower Show

Twitter: @shrewflowershw

Pintrest: shrewsbury flower show

 

These are my shows for Autumn and Winter - details to follow 

September

Burghley Horse Trials 3rd - 6th September

October

Cheltenham Christmas Fair 29th - 31st October

November

Desire in Winchester 6th - 8th November

 

 

Shows

There is something about doing a show that is exciting but scary all at the same time and it doesn't matter if it is the first time or the tenth time you have done it.

The shows are often booked nine months ahead and the planning can start well before, even 6 months ahead. Questions such as what type of look do I want and do I need any new exhibition display to create that look? Do I have enough stock and if I don’t – well don’t just sit around, get a move on a make it. How do I get there and where do I stay if it is far from home? Have I filled in all the forms for Health and Safety, electricity supply, drop off and build up times, broadband supply and last but not least do I want lunches supplied?

The travel with early starts, long miles on the road and then the building of the stand which can mean painting, drilling, hammering, ladder work, crawling work and all round huffing and puffing.

The stress of all of this is then completely forgotten when I am on the stand busy chatting to other exhibitors exchanging news and hints on where to exhibit next year but more importantly chatting to customers about my work and looking at someone wearing something that I have created and that they “get it” - why I design what I design and why I am passionate about what I do.

Bring on 2015

Reticulation or to you and me textured silver

RETICULATION

A technique using the combination of applying heat and quenching in cold to produce wrinkles, folds and creases on the surface of metal, almost like you have been in the bath too long and your fingers have gone prunie.  The metal catches the light and twinkles as though covered in crystals. A sophisticated but simple look that suits both men and women.

A bit more about me - part 2

Please read part 1

Sadly I discovered that to be involved in horticulture one needed to be fit and have a back that could withstand digging, hefting stone and slab and turning large quantities of manure. Unfortunately my back protested and that was that.

An evening course in silversmithing opened up the door that would lead to jewellery.

Watching a group of retired gentlemen hammer with such precision sheet of metal until they became beautiful jugs or bowls was awe inspiring. Could I do this, have the patience and learn the skill? Well, first of all I had to go through basic training, the ceremonial burnt fingers, cut hands, loss of a finger nail and watch countless ounces, (grams for you youngsters reading this) of silver turning from something with potential into a blob that was put into scrap!

Thankfully, with some great teaching and some patience and encouragement from the elderly men I started to learn the art
A bit more about me

What got me into working with gold and silver?

I always new I was more creative than academic although it took some time to get there.

A couple of years at John Lewis on their management programme gave me a great background in selling, display and general merchandising. A course at secretarial college, (all the rage in the 70's) gave me computer skills. You may not think this would be an obvious skill in jewellery making but believe me, the paperwork, book-keeping and general correspondence is enormous.

A qualification in horticulture made me realise that creating beautiful spaces for others was satisfying, fun and above all using the part of my brain that lit the rest up. All good basics for the next step.
So why Annakin Silver?

When thinking up a name for my then hobby back in 2002, I never thought that the name I picked would be so important and still be with me in 2013.

A name is the beginning and the end of any company. It has to be easily remembered, not to be confused with anything else. It needs to be easily identifiable with ideally a logo that can be extracted from it.  It has to tell the story.

“Annakin” came from a pet name my father had for me when I was small, he even made up a poem which went:-

“Annakin Panakin,

Lost her Hanikin,

Poor little Annakin,

She’ll get a spanakin.” (don’t worry folks, I never did)

 

The name does get confused with the Star Wars character Anakin Skywalker, (please note there is only a single “n”) but this only starts a conversation which is always my first step in building a relationship with my customers.

The logo, a golden triangle makes is simple to see and one which I want to develop more in the coming years.

Annakin Silver blog intro

WHO, WHAT & WHY

My name is Anna and I run a company called Annakin Silver and I love designing, making and selling silver and gold jewellery.  So, that’s the who, what and why, now the next big question....

WHY AM I WRITING A BLOG?

Well, for a few reasons, firstly, my children told me to, secondly, because it makes sense to have a space where I can talk about my life, my work and how I view the world.  Thirdly, because someone out there might be interested in what I have to say.

WHAT DO I HOPE TO GAIN FROM THIS BLOG?

My family have had a tradition of when things need to be said and I mean really said then they write a letter.  Whether it is to express love, thanks, concern, to confirm a decision, to broach a tricky subject or in one case to discuss the birds and bees. This blog will be no different.  I can talk about what inspires me, teach what I think you’ll find interesting, talk about life in the jewellery world and the many highs and lows of working for myself, at home, trying to do it all.